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Performance -- Rock star Mick Jagger stars in a stunning reality/fantasy trip set in London's underworld. A criminal hides out at the home of a bizarre rock star and his mysterious, beautiful companion.

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Writer:
Donald Cammell (written by)
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Release Date:
4 September 1970 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See them all in a film about fantasy. And reality. Vice. And versa. See more »
Plot:
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
Psychedelic Borgesian masterpiece! See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Fox ... Chas

Mick Jagger ... Turner

Anita Pallenberg ... Pherber
Michèle Breton ... Lucy (as Michele Breton)
Ann Sidney ... Dana

John Bindon ... Moody
Stanley Meadows ... Rosebloom
Allan Cuthbertson ... The Lawyer
Anthony Morton ... Dennis (as Antony Morton)
Johnny Shannon ... Harry Flowers

Anthony Valentine ... Joey Maddocks
Kenneth Colley ... Tony Farrell (as Ken Colley)
John Sterland ... The Chauffeur
Laraine Wickens ... Lorraine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reg Lye ... Workman (uncredited)

Ian McShane ... Noel - Black Musican (voice) (uncredited)

Billy Murray ... Thug 1 (uncredited)
Anthony Roye ... Fraser (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald Cammell 
Nicolas Roeg 
 
Writing credits
Donald Cammell (written by)

Anita Pallenberg  uncredited

Produced by
David Cammell .... associate producer
Sanford Lieberson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Brian Smedley-Aston 
Frank Mazzola (uncredited)
Tony Palmer (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John Clark 
 
Makeup Department
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist (as Linda De Vetta)
Helen Lennox .... hairdresser
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kevin Kavanagh .... unit manager
Robert Lynn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Burge .... assistant director
Peter Jaques .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Christopher Gibbs .... design consultant: Turner's house
Peter Young .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Ron Barron .... sound recordist
Alan Pattillo .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Molloy .... camera operator
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Hannan .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Dixon .... costume consultant
Billy Jay .... wardrobe
Emma Porteous .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Merry Clayton .... music player (as The Merry Clayton Singers)
Ry Cooder .... musician
Amiya Dasgupta .... musician
Lowell George .... musician
Milt Holland .... musician
Bernard Krause .... musician: Moog synthesisor
Randy Newman .... music conductor
Gene Parsons .... musician
Nasser Rastigar-Nejad .... musician: santur
Buffy Sainte-Marie .... music performer (as Buffy Ste. Marie)
Russ Titelman .... musician (as Russel Titelman)
Bobby West .... musician
 
Other crew
Annabel Davis-Goff .... continuity (as Anabelle Davis-Goff)
David Litvinoff .... dialogue coach
David Litvinoff .... technical advisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • Vanguard Records  through the courtesy of: Buffy Ste. marie performed musically

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug material and some violence
Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Producer Sandy Lieberson gave Philippe Mora the 35MM short ends of Performance to film his first feature film Trouble In Molopolis.See more »
Quotes:
Pherber:I don't recognize your voice.
Chas:Well, I've been away, haven't I?
Pherber:And I don't recognize your face.
Chas:You should see my motor.
Pherber:[looks at Chas quizzically]
Chas:My motor. Had an argument with a cement wall on the way over. Goodbye the Ferrari.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fight Club (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Poor White Hound DogSee more »

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45 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Psychedelic Borgesian masterpiece!, 30 November 2001
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Thirty years after its release 'Performance' still remains one of the most controversial movies of the 60s/70s. For many it is an arty pretentious bore that is only worth remembering for being a mother lode of imagery that has been mined extensively by MTV "talents" over the last twenty years. (Cammell/Roeg must be up there with Bunuel and Kenneth Anger as the most plagiarized source for rock video!)

For the rest of us 'Performance' could well be THE great movie of the psychedelic era, rivaled only by Antonioni's 'Blow Up' and Jodorowky's 'El Topo'. 'Performance' merges the hard boiled Cockney gangster world of the Kray twins (exemplified by James Fox's brutal Chas) with the freaks of the rock/drug world (Jagger's enigmatic Turner) and shows they have as much in common as they differ. Reality and fantasy blur, gender and personas get confused, and Chas and Turner become increasingly hard to tell apart.

All of this unfolds to an ultra-cool soundtrack of The Last Poets, Randy Newman, Jagger's lost classic 'Memo From Turner' and former Spector/Stones/Crazy Horse collaborator Jack Nietsche's Moog. Add to this plenty of sex, trips and Jorge Luis Borges references, and you've got yourself a mind-blowing movie experience!! Highly recommended to Grant Morrison fans.

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